Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Skin by Mo Hayder

Police officers, Jack Caffery and Flea Marley return in Mo Hayder's creepy chiller, Skin. The story picks up where the previous book, Ritual, ends, so I'd suggest reading that one first. The characters are complex, each with their own traumatic past and dysfunctional family dynamics. The plot is complicated and weaves several threads together in a hair-raising story. I loved the beginning but the end left me dissatisfied. It all seemed a bit too contrived and unrealistic. But I will read the next in the series, Gone, already bought it for Kindle and we'll see where this goes next.

Product Description from Amazon

"In her eerie and hair-raising thriller Skin, Mo Hayder trails her two unforgettable protagonists as they race to staunch a rising tide of blood in a sweltering port town. When the decomposing body of a young woman is found, the wounds on her wrists suggest an open-and-shut case of suicide. But Jack Caffery is not so sure. Other apparent suicides are cropping up, and they all have a connection to Elf's Grotto, a nearly bottomless network of flooded quarries just outside the city. Caffery begins to suspect a shadowy and sinister predator, someone—or something— that can disappear into darkness and slip into houses unseen. Working alongside Caffery is rough-and-tough police diver Flea Marley, but while pursuing her investigation, she stumbles upon something far too close to home that no one—not even Caffery—can help her face. Skin is a penetrating dissection of family, friendships, and the evil that can tear them apart—or bind them together. Devious and disturbing, it introduces one of Hayder's most horrifying villains yet."

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